Family Portrait
Family get together, April 8, 2023

My painting muses are my Goldendoodles, Sophie and Harry, who accompany me each day and can be found sprawled out at my feet while I work. They often find their way into my paintings as subjects. They are in my studio for a special reason, which is really a funny story of synchronicities.

I purchased my first goldendoodle puppy, Sophie, from Kathryn Lee of She is the niece of Robert McCloskey, the beloved children’s book author of "Make Way for Ducklings." The beautiful connection was that my first studio in Saxonville was previously occupied by Nancy Schön, the artist who sculpted the famous Make Way for Duckling sculpture located in The Boston Garden. So Saxonville Studios brought the Ducklings and the Doodles all together.